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Goodreads readers consider cookbooks like “Joy of Cooking,” “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,” “Plenty,” and “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” as the best ones to read in 2022.

Cookbooks offer recipes and techniques to help people discover new dishes.
Readers often love the stories found in their favorite cookbooks.
We used Goodreads to rank the best and most popular cookbooks of all time.

Though the internet is laden with recipe videos for everything from ramen to roulades, reading cookbooks is a classic way to discover new recipes and learn how to cook. From themed recipe books to story-filled cookbooks, collections of recipes help us share meals and memories with the authors and each other. 

To rank the best cookbooks, we turned to Goodreads reviewers. Goodreads is the world’s largest platform where anyone — including home cooks and professional chefs — can rate and review their favorite books. From classic cookbooks written by famous chefs to go-to guides for making the perfect bread, here are the most popular cookbooks, according to Goodreads reviewers. 

The 27 best cookbooks to read in 2022, according to Goodreads:

27. “Momofuku” by David Chang and Petter Meehan

 Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.99

“Momofuku” is a cookbook filled with both the stories and recipes that revolutionized the culinary world with Chef David Chang’s restaurants, techniques, and rise to fame. With beautiful food photography, unique ingredients, and a memorable foreward, readers love Chang’s recipes but also often read this cookbook cover to cover. 

26. “Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi

Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $21.49

In “Ottolenghi Simple,” Yotam Ottolenghi offers 130 of his simplest and easiest-to-make recipes. Each one can be made in less than 30 minutes, with 10 ingredients or less, in one pot, using what you have in your pantry, or made ahead of time — perfect for weeknight dinners and amateur home cooks.

25. “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” by Ina Garten

Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.58

Food Network star Ina Garten’s fifth cookbook, “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics,” was not designed to be a collection of easy recipes, but to help home cooks prepare simple dishes that highlight the best flavors of their ingredients. With this cookbook, readers learn Garten’s best techniques and tips to create simple but delicious dishes with fresh and accessible ingredients. 

24. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier” by Ree Drummond

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.32

Ree Drummond is best known for her Food Network show “The Pioneer Woman,” where viewers get a glimpse of her ranch life and the incredible meals she makes to feed her family. This cookbook is a collection of her best, most mouthwatering recipes with step-by-step photographs and personal anecdotes.  

23. “The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs” by Karen Page

Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.49

“The Flavor Bible” won the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Reference and Scholarship Book and has been a kitchen staple of professional and learning cooks ever since. Though there are few traditionally recognized recipes in this book, readers love that it teaches how to pair flavors and spices to draw out the best qualities of our favorite ingredients and dishes. 

22. “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.25

This cookbook is an oven-side staple for any new or budding baker looking to make the perfect loaf of bread. “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” not only offers readers incredible recipes to make their own bread but lessons and explanations for different preparations as home cooks learn the art of baking.

21. “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” by Ina Garten

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.99

This 1999 cookbook has delighted readers for more than 20 years as they learn how to make incredible recipes and host delightful gatherings from Ina Garten, the host of “Barefoot Contessa” on Food Network. This cookbook will help home cooks discover new recipes, twists on old favorites, and tips for preparing food for a table full of guests. 

20. “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food” by Mark Bittman

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.99

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” is the meatless version of Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” bestseller, with over 2,000 creative recipes for vegetarians or those looking for delicious plant-based alternatives. With easy-to-follow recipes, meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less, and fully vegan dishes, this cookbook is an accessible guide for any veggie-loving cook.

19. “Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes” by Giada De Laurentiis

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.72

Providing fresh and fabulous recipes from her Food Network show “Everyday Italian,” Giada De Laurentiis continues to bring readers simple but exquisite Italian dishes to make for any occasion. Collecting over 100 recipes that use simple ingredients, this Italian cookbook is great for any budding or experienced home cook.  

18. “The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution” by Alice Waters

Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.11

Alice Waters is the chef and food activist behind Chez Panisse, a California restaurant that played a major role in the farm-to-table culinary movement. This cookbook contains her best recipes for highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients and her culinary philosophies that change the way we treat and approach simple ingredients.

17. “How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking” by Nigella Lawson

Available at Amazon, $59.76

This baking cookbook is not only about learning how to make a perfect cupcake from scratch, but how to fall in love with the process of baking and the joy that can come from being in the kitchen. Funny and delightful, Nigella Lawson’s bright narration guides readers as they learn to bake the perfect banana bread.

16. “Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again” by Ina Garten

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99

Ina Garten is well-known for her Food Network show “Barefoot Contessa,” and this cookbook brings all her coziest recipes to delight your friends and family at any gathering. With easy recipes and tips on hosting guests, it’s a go-to guide for anyone learning how to entertain in their own home. 

15. “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” by Marcella Hazan

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $25.49

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” is a bible for any cook wishing to learn how to create amazing, mouth-watering Italian dishes at home. This classic 1992 cookbook offers recipes from risotto and polenta to pasta sauces and gnocchi.

14. “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science” by J. Kenji López-Alt

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $27.86

The Food Lab” is a fascinating cookbook that focuses on the science behind American dishes, from the juiciest chicken to the perfect Hollandaise. With hundreds of recipes and over 1,000 photos, this cookbook is a delicious culinary science lesson.  

13. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl” by Ree Drummond

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.97

This #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook traces Ree Drummond’s life through her personal stories and incredible recipes. Made famous by her Food Network show “The Pioneer Woman,” this cookbook will delight Ree Drummond fans or anyone looking to make delicious meals with accessible ingredients. 

12. “Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.99

This vibrant cookbook contains over 250 vegan recipes that vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters will love. With clear instructions and helpful features like icons to tell you if a recipe will take under 45 minutes or is gluten-free, this cookbook can guide you through delicious vegan recipes for any culinary occasion. 

11. “Bad Manners: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck” by Thug Kitchen

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.99

This straightforward and curse-filled vegan cookbook is loved by readers for its hilariously aggressive approach to plant-based eating. It contains over 100 recipes to help cooks of all skill levels approach a plant-based lifestyle without ruining their budget, disliking their food, or facing the inaccessibility sometimes found in vegan lifestyle cookbooks.

10. “Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat” by Chrissy Teigen

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $21.40

The winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Cookbook, “Cravings” is Chrissy Teigen’s first cookbook which collects her favorite recipes from around the world. As Chrissy Teigen boasts that food and love go hand-in-hand in her life, this cookbook will teach you how to make her favorite dishes for every occasion, from family dinners to weekend breakfasts.

9. “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book” by Better Homes and Gardens

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.99

With over 1,200 recipes for absolutely any occasion, this all-inclusive cookbook can teach any home cook how to make great recipes for meal prepping, weeknight dinners, or hosting a fun party. This closely cherished cookbook also contains instructional cooking guides, advice on food safety, and a carefully organized list of all the recipes. 

8. “The Moosewood Cookbook: Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York” by Mollie Katzen

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.46

First published in 1974 as a spiral-bound book, this classic vegetarian cookbook was written by artist Mollie Katzen while working at Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York. Filled with beautiful illustrations and hand lettering, this iconic cookbook is a fun throwback to the 1970s before vegetarian recipes evolved into the dishes we commonly see today. 

7. “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.39

Both of the authors of this cookbook were born in Jerusalem in the same year, though on opposite sides of the city, and together they collected recipes to represent the vibrant culinary culture of their city. This cookbook brings 120 recipes to life that demonstrate the cross-cultural cuisine these chefs experienced when they returned to Jerusalem as adults. 

6. “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99

Collected from his “Guardian” column called “The New Vegetarian,” these vegetarian recipes are inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean background and love of fresh ingredients. Though Yotam isn’t a vegetarian himself, his novel approach to vegetarian cuisine is a fusion of his life experiences and the amazing food he’s had along the way. 

5. “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” by Deb Perelman

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.14

Deb Perelman is the author behind the award-winning food blog Smitten Kitchen, dedicated to hunting down and perfecting all the recipes everyone should have handy. With no previous culinary experience (but a great love of food and cooking to guide her), Deb assembled “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” to help home cooks find the joy in cooking great food. 

4. “How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food” by Mark Bittman

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.99

Written by a “New York Times” food writer in the 1990s, “How to Cook Everything” is a nearly 1,000-page reference guide on how to cook any dish for any occasion. This cookbook covers countless recipes as well as crucial cooking techniques and the ins and outs of basic kitchen equipment.

You can read our review of “How to Cook Everything” here.

3. “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $27.39

Julia Child’s classic 1961 cookbook is a definitive resource for American chefs learning the basics and the intricacies of French cooking. Made even more famous by Julia Child’s cooking show “The French Chef” and the modern movie “Julie & Julia,” which tells her life story, this cherished cookbook is a necessity for home and professional chefs alike. 

2. “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.65

Samin Nosrat is a chef, writer, and culinary instructor who teaches pupils of all ages and skill levels that mastering the four elements of cooking — salt, fat, acid, and heat — will make you a great chef. This cookbook follows Samin’s journey with food alongside 100 recipes to help readers practice the culinary elements and become master chefs in their own kitchens. 

1. “Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.49

With over 20 million copies in print and nearly 200,000 ratings on Goodreads, “Joy of Cooking” is the most popular cookbook amongst Goodreads members. Published in 1931, this classic is full of tried-and-true favorites and has since been updated by the author’s great-grandson with new cooking techniques, additional dishes, and a fresh chapter about streamlined cooking. 

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